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Acquisitions help bolster logistics group in ‘difficult’ market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Logistics group OneLogix has, for the six-month period ended November 30, reaped the benefit from recent acquisitions and property infrastructure developments. The group reported a 12% increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2015, to more than R1-billion. The jump came as a result of... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

Rental, government segments offer Jan vehicle sales boost

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 January new-vehicle sales increased by 3.7%, reaching 50 333 units, compared with the same month last year – the first sales increase in 14 months. However, warns asset finance group WesBank, this positive performance was the result of growth in the rental and government channels, where sales... 

SA body makes economic case for embracing global electric-vehicle trend

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 The Electric Vehicle Industry Association’s (EVIA’s) first goal is to demonstrate to the South African public that they can use electric vehicles (EVs) with confidence, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) cleaner mobility programme GM Carel Snyman. The second goal is... 

Smartphone app aspires to ‘Tinder’ of car market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Like it? Swipe right on your smartphone screen. Not interested? Swipe left. Three young South Africans have developed a smartphone app similar to dating app Tinder, but with one important difference – Carter aims to facilitate a long-term relationship between its users and the cars of their dreams. 

Tyres manufactured with taxi industry in mind

     17th February 2017 Last month, rubber manufacturers Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) announced the launch of its new range of tyre brand Dunlop tyres – the Vantrek V1 White Wall tyre for the South African taxi industry. 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 Jaguar drivers can now use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel at the pump, by making use of a new cashless payment app. The Shell app is one of a number of enhancements to Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE and XF models. (Other updates include the addition of gesture technology where the sweep of a foot... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

Amplats anticipates continued growth in fuel cells

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects the autocatalyst sector to remain a significant driver of platinum demand. In the last year, autocatalyst demand continued to grow, with sales in Western Europe up 6%. This, CEO Chris Griffith said, was as a result of slightly higher loading, owing to... 

Renault explores a new method to market, sell cars

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) has launched a new method for consumers to explore the French manufacturer’s vehicle range. Operating between 09h00 and 17h00, Monday to Friday, customers can connect to Live Showroom, which offers an online, real-time, no-pressure, virtual dealership experience that... 

Renault explores a new method to market, sell cars

Renault has a new MD, Kwid sales surprise on the upside

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) will have a new MD from July 1. Current Renault SA MD Nicholas de Canha has already started work at Imperial’s new Motus division – managing everything to do with motoring within the JSE-listed group – where he will look after a number of brands, including Tata, Renault,... 

Renault has a new MD, Kwid sales surprise on the upside
The Kadjar XP

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym 

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 “We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym
Robin van Rensburg

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 WesBank has announced the appointment of Mark Finlayson as the CEO of its Motor division following the departure of Simphiwe Nghona on February 1. Finlayson is the current CEO of DirectAxis, a subsidiary of WesBank specialising in non-secured personal loans. 

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division
Mark Finlayson

Mini SA welcomes new leader

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 BMW Group South Africa has announced that Thilosh Moodally has been appointed as the new head of Mini South Africa. She succeeds Kabelo Rabotho, who left the company at the end of last year. 

Mini SA welcomes new leader
Thilosh Moodally

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Statistics released this week by fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery company Cartrack show that carjacking and vehicle theft in South Africa are on the rise. Theft within the base of vehicles protected by Cartrack increased by 31% in the ten months from March to December 2016, while... 

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

Continental Tyre SA appoints new manufacturing GM

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) has appointed JJ Dowling as the manufacturing GM at its Port Elizabeth plant. He replaces Wayne Brown, who has taken up a position at Continental Tire in the US. 

Continental Tyre SA appoints new manufacturing GM
JJ Dowling

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle
The Dyna truck

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Japanese car manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has appointed South Africa’s Craig Roberts as the new MD at Mazda Southern Africa. Roberts currently serves as the head of sales at Mazda Southern Africa. He will start work in his new role on April 1. 

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD
Craig Roberts

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

     10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Company expects increased product demand in 2017

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 South African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) predicts another successful year for the Rocol range of products, as a result of increased interest in the lubricant Rocol Reaming, Tapping, Drilling (RTD) range for reaming, tapping and drilling... 

First organic coolant in the lubrications market

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 The correct coolant chemistry is vital in maintaining the longevity of engines, says diesel engine and technology specialist Cummins Filtration technical services support lead - Africa Tim Hayward, explaining that coolants increase the lifespan of engines by removing compounds that are difficult... 

Lubricants company retains top spot for tenth year

     10th February 2017 Lubricants supplier Shell Lubricants was being named the number one global lubricants supplier at the end of last year following its retention of an 11.6% market share as indicated in business process management consultant Kline & Company’s ‘Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and... 

Luxury vehicle brand sales defied economic gravity in 2016

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

Mercedes-Benz Vans outlines vision for automated driving and delivery

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vans (MB Vans) has expanded its goal of automated driving to also include automated delivery. The German manufacturer has announced that it is now the lead investor in Starship Technologies, a start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots. 

New era for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector is rapidly disrupting traditional ways of making and selling products across all sectors, including in the automotive industry, where technological advancement is radically influencing the way in which vehicles are manufactured and sold... 

New era for automotive industry
TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVER Driverless vehicles will soon become a reality with extensive research and testing underway globally

Oil enthusiasts sponsor 2017 Great Race

     10th February 2017 In December lubricants specialist Champion Oil announced its sponsorship of the July 2017 Great Race where the overall winner will receive $50 000 in prize money with an additional $1 000 in racing oil. The Great Race is the world's premiere old car rally that has been ongoing for 34 years. It is... 

Plastics training crucial for the automotive industry

     10th February 2017 In light of the growing trend within the automotive industry to increase dependency on plastic components and the greater demand this places on employers to train, upskill and transfer skills to employees in South Africa, local plastics industry representative Plastics|SA has been playing an... 

Positive outlook for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 Increased new-car production levels, which include an expected growth in vehicle exports, are likely to drive improvement in South Africa’s automotive industry this year, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International sales representative Cherry Slater. 

Positive outlook for  automotive industry
EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE Bearings International is poised to cater to increased new-car production levels with its wide range of bearings and power transmission products

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The outlook for the local automotive industry for the next three to five years is very positive, with several manufacturers planning upgrades and expansions at their facilities to increase capacity, says drive technology provider SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA) sales engineer Willem Strydom. 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry
WILLEM STRYDOM AND CLIVE O’REILLY SEW Eurodrive SA’s products can help automotive manufacturers optimize their operations as they expand their product lines

Rising fuel costs expected to drive truck replacement cycle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 A sharp increase in fuel tax, triggered by government’s drive to fill its coffers, a stronger oil price and a continued weak rand may lead to a roughly R2/l increase in the price of fuel in the next few months, predicts Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) director and COO Craig Uren. This will have... 

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

S Africa to keep pace  with automotive  technology advances
BETTER FLEET MANAGEMENT Ctrack’s range of on-board devices and mobile software can help fleet managers to prevent road accidents in South Africa

Spark plug range provides unsurpassed coverage

     10th February 2017 Aftermarket automotive products supplier Federal-Mogul, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, is now offering the new EON-Titan spark plug range from automotive products manufacturer Champion, which incorporates innovative use of the latest spark plug technology. 

Spark plug range provides  unsurpassed coverage
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE The new Champion EON-Titan spark plug range provides car parc coverage of 90% with only 18 product references

Two ‘gold’ Rolls-Royce Phantoms to be added to fleet at ultraluxury Macau hotel

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Two ‘gold’ Rolls Royce Phantoms are set to join a fleet of 30 Phantoms soon to operate at Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung’s The 13 ultra-luxury hotel development in Macau, southern China. The 13’s fleet of Phantoms, valued at R236-million when placed in 2014, represents the single largest order... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2017 Enormous global demand is building up for copper, platinum and zinc, driven by new technology, mitigation of health risks in hospitals and agricultural augmentation, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland said on Wednesday. In a comprehensive address to the Investing in African... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivanhoe chairperson Robert Friedland

Isondo excited about prospects for a viable fuel-cell manufacturing industry 

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 Isondo Precious Metals is rolling out its fuel-cell strategy and is planning to establish a fuel-cell component manufacturing plant in South Africa. Isondo CEO Vinay Somera on Wednesday said he and his team had “scoured the world” for the best-in-class technology with an eye on building a... 

Dangote, Sinotruk to build $100m truck assembly plant in Nigeria

     6th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

Dangote, Sinotruk to build $100m truck assembly plant in Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria

Peugeot to assemble two car models in Kenya

By: Reuters     6th February 2017 France's PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars, said on Saturday it had signed a contract to start assembling two car models in Kenya. PSA, which wants to reduce its dependence on European sales, will assemble the Peugeot 508 and 3008 models from kits of pre-assembled modules with... 

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